Who is Robert Card? What we know about the mass shooting in Lewiston, Maine, that left at least 22 people dead and dozens more injured

The person involved in the mass shooting in Maine that left at least 22 people dead has been identified as a trained firearms instructor who spent two weeks in a mental health facility over the summer.

Robert Card, 40, was the subject of a manhunt in connection with the massacre in the city of Lewiston on Wednesday evening.

Card is from Bowdoin, Maine – a town of just over 3,000 residents – and is believed to be an Army reservist stationed in Saco.

The 40-year-old has struggled with mental health issues and recently reported that he had “heard voices” and threats to attack the military training area.

In the summer he was admitted to a psychiatric facility for two weeks.

The person of interest in the shooting in Lewiston, Maine, has been identified as 40-year-old Robert Card

The person of interest in the shooting in Lewiston, Maine, has been identified as 40-year-old Robert Card

Surveillance footage from the Sparetime Recreation bowling alley showed a bearded man carrying an assault rifle

Surveillance footage from the Sparetime Recreation bowling alley showed a bearded man carrying an assault rifle

Authorities say Card is merely a person of interest and have declined to call him a suspect

Authorities say Card is merely a person of interest and have declined to call him a suspect

Card also reportedly lost his job recently.

Authorities have reiterated that Card is only a person of interest and have refused to call him a suspect at this time.

The Lewiston Police Department issued a statement Wednesday evening urging people to contact police with information about his whereabouts.

“Law enforcement is attempting to locate Robert Card (4/4/1983) as a person of interest in the mass shooting at Schemengees Bar and Sparetime Recreation this evening,” it said. “Card should be viewed as armed and dangerous.”

He was last known to be driving a white Subaru Outback with a black bumper.

Maine State Police released their own statement saying the car had been located.

“A vehicle of special interest has been located in Lisbon and we are now asking Lisbon residents to take shelter while law enforcement in the area works to locate Card,” it said.

The manhunt expanded Wednesday evening as hundreds of local and federal law enforcement officers surrounded Lisbon and the nearby Lisbon Falls.

The gunman opened fire at the bowling alley and a local bar. It was not believed to be related to a separate shooting at a Walmart distribution center

The gunman opened fire at the bowling alley and a local bar. It was not believed to be related to a separate shooting at a Walmart distribution center

Maine State Police say Card is considered armed and dangerous

Maine State Police say Card is considered armed and dangerous

The 40-year-old is a trained firearms instructor and army reservist stationed in the city of Saco

The 40-year-old is a trained firearms instructor and army reservist stationed in the city of Saco

Card, who recently reported “hearing voices,” was committed to a psychiatric facility for two weeks over the summer

Card, who recently reported “hearing voices,” was committed to a psychiatric facility for two weeks over the summer

At least 22 people were killed and over 60 were injured in the massacre on Wednesday evening

At least 22 people were killed and over 60 were injured in the massacre on Wednesday evening

The shooting is the deadliest in the United States this year. Pictured: Police officers stand guard outside Central Maine Medical Center

The shooting is the deadliest in the United States this year. Pictured: Police officers stand guard outside Central Maine Medical Center

Lewiston police responded to an active shooting at two different locations – the Schemenges Bar & Grille Restaurant and a bowling alley – Wednesday evening.

Another shooting was reported at a Walmart distribution center, but a company spokesperson told CNN that none of the Walmart facilities were involved in the incident.

Surveillance footage from inside Sparetime Recreation showed a bearded man in a brown hoodie holding an AR-15 rifle.

22 were killed and over 60 injured, prompting hospitals in Maine to declare a mass casualty event.

Police from surrounding states, including Massachusetts, were deployed, according to a post from the Boston office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation also offered assistance to authorities in Maine, while state police urged people to shelter in place with doors locked.

Wednesday night’s shooting is the deadliest in the United States this year.

Emma Colton

Janice Dean is a WSTPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Janice Dean joined WSTPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: janicedean@wstpost.com.

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